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Re-looking at those photos, and assuming that the model captures the area and era correctly, which I think we can be confident that it does, it makes something very apparent that is often forgotten: the railway looks modern in comparison with its surroundings.

 

It's easy to get trapped into thinking that 'pre-grouping' = 'old fashioned', whereas what we should be thinking is "railway as radical agent of change".

 

K

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Observe that the backscene is just a plain pale blue, but because the scenic modelling is so good and draws your eye, you don't notice that there is no detail on it.

 

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Can I use this burst of attention on the Corfe layout to make an unashamed plug for new volunteers to operate the railways at Ormesby Hall? From next year the property will open 4 days a week (Sunday to Wednesday) but the railways will only be manned in the afternoons. If anyone isn't too far from Middlesbrough and fancies spending an afternoon operating the one of the layouts and answering visitor questions (we have an LNER ECML layout as well) then please get in touch and I'll let you know how to come in and meet us. No experience is required.

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Can I use this burst of attention on the Corfe layout to make an unashamed plug for new volunteers to operate the railways at Ormesby Hall? From next year the property will open 4 days a week (Sunday to Wednesday) but the railways will only be manned in the afternoons. If anyone isn't too far from Middlesbrough and fancies spending an afternoon operating the one of the layouts and answering visitor questions (we have an LNER ECML layout as well) then please get in touch and I'll let you know how to come in and meet us. No experience is required.

 

Assuming I'm not banned, I am only an hour away, though with just the one car, I can foresee logistical difficulties. 

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I'll ask about.

 

Thanks.  Would suit anyone traversing the A66.

 

And I would encourage anyone to visit.  The house is well worth seeing, but Corfe Castle alone is worth the trip.  

 

In fact, why not plan a holiday round Shildon, Head of Steam (Darlington), Beamish, North York Moors, Tanfield, etc, etc, etc. 

 

A very railway-rich environment up here!

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Observe that the backscene is just a plain pale blue, but because the scenic modelling is so good and draws your eye, you don't notice that there is no detail on it.

 

Jim

Are you sure, because I swear I saw some clouds........

I agree though, the subtle back scene fits perfectly

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The layout is absolutely beautiful, just amazing.

 

I am not sure, as Edwardian says that it encourages me to do better, just stand in awe.  Mind you, I would not disparage any of the work or layouts of the previous posters.

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Mikkel has suggested that I post a link to my project here, so here goes:

 

http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blog/2094-ken-attwoods-blog/

 

I'm planning, (and have actually started) a layout set in the Dudley area during the great war.  I am planning to include elements of LNWR, GWR and MR, although I do not have a great deal of sympathy for the latter.

 

All the best,

Ken.

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Mikkel has suggested that I post a link to my project here, so here goes:

 

http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blog/2094-ken-attwoods-blog/

 

I'm planning, (and have actually started) a layout set in the Dudley area during the great war.  I am planning to include elements of LNWR, GWR and MR, although I do not have a great deal of sympathy for the latter.

 

All the best,

Ken.

 

Good stuff! Hhaving invented slithers of an Expanded Norfolk, I am fascinated to see the Black Country receiving similar treatment.  Great concept; look forward to the execution in due course.

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I am planning to include elements of LNWR, GWR and MR, although I do not have a great deal of sympathy for the latter.

 

Quite so - the Midland does not need the sympathy one has to have for the benighted Western companies with their archaic engineering practices and dowdy liveries...

 

If after that I'm allowed a less partisan comment: by the Great War the Midland and LNWR were co-operating in many areas - traffic pooling etc. - the Wolverhampton/Walsall district being one such - so there is no escaping the tentacles of the mighty Midland octopus.

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Quite so - the Midland does not need the sympathy one has to have for the benighted Western companies with their archaic engineering practices and dowdy liveries...

 

If after that I'm allowed a less partisan comment: by the Great War the Midland and LNWR were co-operating in many areas - traffic pooling etc. - the Wolverhampton/Walsall district being one such - so there is no escaping the tentacles of the mighty Midland octopus.

 

I reserve the right to appreciate them all!

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Not finescale, but a fascinating evocation of early railways, using commercial items, plus very nicely assembled old Ks kits, by Mr Brooks, at the TCS meeting at Leicester today.

 

The bottom train is based on an engraving of a train hired by a gentleman to convey his household on the Birmingham & Gloucester Railway, and Mr Brooks modified the Bachman Norris loco to be true to B&G type, as depicted on the tombstone of the driver killed in a boiler explosion on the Lickey Incline.

 

Kevin

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Return to Ormesby Hall, March 2017

 

Back in October I posted a number of pictures of this very fine 4mm scale/OO Gauge layout, Corfe Castle, built by the late Ron Rising.

 

Last weekend I paid a return visit.  The October photographs (here: http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/74169-pre-grouping-layouts/page-6)  very much concentrated on the lineside; Ron Rising constructed a number of buildings for Pendon's Vale Scene, and, so, the buildings of Corfe Castle are exquisite.

 

These March photographs have more focus on the trains Ron Rising built for the layout, so I think this second set is in order.  I have already posted these pictures on the Castle Aching topic, reporting on my 'doings', but it was suggested to me that their logical place was here, where those not familiar with my layout topic might see them.

 

My thinks to Jonathan Wealleans of this parish, who was at the controls when these snaps were taken.

 

I apologise for the quality of some shots.  The lighting and the Perspex screen are challenges, and I declined to use flash, which can be anti-social and fade the subject.  I am also grateful to Jonathan for the opportunity to take pictures from the operating well, allowing me to show some of the layout from angels not usually seen by the visitor.

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I have, for a number of years, been building a model of Bath Queensquare and the last few miles of the S&D into the city in 2mm finescale, set in the 1920s. This picture shows my S&D 4-4-0 no. 70 coasting down the bank toward Midford with the down Manchester Diner (Pines from 1927). As can be seen an awful lot remains to be done, not least finishing and painting much of the stock!

More pictures and details can be found on my Bath Queensquare thread , link in the signature below

 

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Jerry

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